In a world of reality television and Hollywood magic, there are not too many events that a person can count on as the real thing that has integrity. Sports have always been subject to a certain amount of scrutiny but none like what is coming. There is a lot of money riding on the performances of various athletes and competition is strong in all ways to win and make in some cases millions along with the fame competitors look at all the advantages and drawbacks of getting to the top.

 Recently an expose of the corruption in the Cricket leagues in India pointed out how destructive illegal gambling is to the sports. What seems worse though is when a single player shows the world how eve one person cheating makes a sham of fair competition in sports. Millionaire World Snooker champion John Higgins was captured on camera shaking hands on a despicable deal to fix a string of high-profile matches after demanding a £300,000 kickback.

Deplorable and shameful as this one players actions it is not the sport of snooker that is at fault but the greed that some people suffer when they already have it all. Why anyone would ask would the 34 year old Higgins be so brazenly and without ever questioning the legality or morality of cheating for cash. Anyone that has that much disrespect for his own reputation needs to be removed from the scene and has been suspended by officials who are shocked by his downgrade of their reputations. "We will launch an immediate inquiry which will be led by former Chief superintendent David Douglas who I appointed to the board only last week. "It's a very serious matter that we will look into immediately and take firm action, " said Snooker's top official, Barry Hearn.

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Centrebet has established a solid reputation in the online sports betting industry, based on some innovative offerings like Live betting, and a wide range of American and international sporting events to bet on. An Australian company, it was the first bookmaker in the Southern Hemisphere to be granted an online sports betting license. It is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, and they adhere to the strictest levels of security, confidentiality and fairness. All transactions are monitored digitally by the Northern Territory government in Australia.

Centrebet recently revealed the firm had received "a number" of conditional proposals for acquisition as part of a review of consolidation opportunities. The company said no agreement had been reached and discussions could take several months to conclude. Now The Sunday Times, a UK paper has reported that William Hill, the old UK betting firm ,while not the only negotiations going on with Centrebet, was ready to make an offer of more than what is the company is currently being traded at. The company's executives were said to be in Australia examining Centrebet's financial status and were unavailable for opinions on the situation. It looks as if Centrebet is a prize plum in the acquisitions department with other big time online betting operators also working on offers for Centrebet. Ladbrokes being one of them and the

Austrian online gaming firm Bwin, is thought to be interested along with other options they are considering expansion into the US. An ongoing interest in the online gambling market of Australia is why companies like William Hill want a foothold there. William Hill has moved it operations to offshore locals in order to be able to expand it's online presence as with other betting firms, a company like Centrebet looks like a perfect opportunity to enter the online gambling industry in Australia.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Every year the United Kingdom commissions a survey on the state of gambling in the land. Independent companies produce a document that is used by government and academics to determine the good the bad and the ugly side of gambling and with this unbiased information can determine appropriate courses of action in the political, economic and social spheres. The latest statistics have been published for the twelve months ending March 2010. All gambling activities including internet forms of gambling were included in the line of questioning. ICM Research compiles the data from sets of questions put to various participants throughout the entire spectrum of gambling products available. The information is published quarterly, and the final annual report is based on an updated sample collected from 8,000 responses. The findings are based on two separate enquiry sets. The first set of questions measures participation in all types of gambling activity which includes online gambling. The second set of questions measures participation exclusively related to remote means, such as a computer, mobile phone or interactive television. Key findings for the second set of questions relating to internet activity revealed during the year to March 2010, 10.7 percent of the 8 000 adults
responding said they had participated in at least one form of remote gambling in the
past month. Almost fifty percent of that number only used the National Lottery
products. The figure is up ever so slightly on the 2009 calendar year figure with only a .2 percent increase over last year. National Lottery products have been more available online in the last year and remote gambling with a computer, laptop or handheld device was the most popular at 9.4 percent of all respondents, this was followed by punting on a mobile phone 2.8 percent and the interactive television at 1.7 percent.

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While one of the worlds largest poker rooms is feeling a little pressure in America from online gambling opponents and the US Treasury Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad has come on board as a pro just in time to round out the Full Tilt Poker demographic. Her timing and the Full Tilt's management team's choice of professionals is perfect with the highly publicised World Series of Poker being just a mere month away. This young lady has a knack of being in the right pace with the right cars she turned twenty one just after the last WSOP was concluded and is now of age to legally play in Las Vegas. Annette Obrestad was a prime candidate for the Full Tilt team and was in the running for sponsorship opportunities back in 2007 when she handily took the title at that years World Series of Poker Europe main event. For some unknown reason Obrestad decided to make a deal with another big operator Betfair. What it looks like is her three year agreement with Betfair has concluded and she is now available without any strings attached to pursue the WSOP main event this time round with Full Tilt at her side. Maturing into a Full Tilt poker player won't take long for this young but experienced professional. Her remarkable talent has paid off for her on many hands with equal luck and skill both online and in live tournaments. Obrestad has over $3 million in live poker winnings to her name, even though she just became legal in Las Vegas. Her WSOPE main event title in 2007 and her second place finish at the EPT Dublin are examples of how strong a player this woman is. Full Tilt poker will have Obrestad hosting the FTOPS XVI Main Event coming up, something a lot of her fans are looking forward to.

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According to the Right2Bet organization,

A system of rules and regulations as set out by the Danish Gambling Board will govern the operators that are to be granted licences. A fairly steep tax rate of twenty percent will apply to the gross profits of the licensed online gambling companies. The European Commission has kept up the pressure to make Denmark conform to it's standard rules regarding monopolies. The Commission launched formal infringement proceedings against Denmark over its sports betting monopoly back in 2006. The monopoly was deemed to be in violation of an article in the E.U. laws that relates to the free movement of goods and services within the EU. Denmark's proposed amendments to it's gambling laws will see the state-owned monopoly Danske Spil, competing with a number of private-sector operators offering Danes a wider range of gambling activities.

Online Poker and Casino games such as slots and roulette will be offered legally for the first time. It has taken some time for this process to come about, H.C. Madsen, Danske Spil’s Managing Director, told Danish newspapers in November of 2009 that he welcomed the upcoming changes: “It will be nice to get some clarity on the issue after so many years of uncertainty...We’ll also be able to offer casino gambling and poker now, which we couldn’t do before.”

The better tax rates for the operators will give everyone a chance to make at least a little bit of profit. The consumer is the big winner in this deal with more variety and a safe and secure place to play.

Danish citizens are to have greater quality and choice of gambling products after legislation presented to Parliament last week confirmed the Danish Government's desire to liberalise its gambling market, following pressure from the EU to reform its monopoly system. If passed, the new legislation could bring rapid changes as early as January 1st 2011. The June vote will hopefully be the beginning of a new era for online gamblers in Denmark.

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The Kentucky Derby is lighting up the internet because the day is upon us and anybody who likes to make a bet or two usually enjoys the excitement of this particular race. Playing any game online can be fun but none can match the drama and natural power associated with the glamour of the horse racing industry. The Kentucky Derby is a feast for sore eyes as the fashion makes the entire affair a classy as it gets. Society watchers get as much out of the hats and dresses the women wear as they do the horses and the gambling. Online streaming video puts us all there in whatever we are wearing and at the same time the online betting is live. The cameras present us with the closest view possible what could not be better with instant replay. While your checking out the glamour and buzz part you are bound to notice there are spin off industries associated with the Derby like party supplies and hats. Through those you are bound to notice the Churchill Downs company Twin Spires is the official online wagering service provider. The exclusive Twin Spires Club allows you to redeem your player points for cash at any time. The photographers are cleaning their equipment for the May 1, 2010 running of the 136th Kentucky Derby to catch a glimpse of the contenders, unfortunately the weather could put a damper on the fashion part and could give any long shot horses a chance. The underdog horse Dublin has had very little experience in the mud. Jockeys aren't thrilled with racing in the mud mainly because they tend to eat a lot of it. There is only one that doesn't, the one out front. It will be a exciting race no matter what the conditions, now that online gambling on the race looks alright from at least the Twin Spires, Churchill Downs point of view. There are others many others onlinesuch as Bodog and SGB Global Racebook that offer great odds with online wagering you can shop around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post time for Kentucky Derby 136 is scheduled for 6:24 p.m. (ET).

 

 

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Corporate lawyers are very busy these days dealing with issues related to online gambling issues all over the world. Law360 a USA based legal publication reported recently that a bitter dispute going on between Harrah's Entertainment and Ultra Internet Media the parent company of Everest Poker has escalated to a new level of concern. UIM which is based in the Caribbean, launched litigation recently in a Las Vegas federal court claiming that World Series Of Poker breached its logo display agreement when Luxembourg based television network RTL9, an affiliate network of ESPN, broadcast the tournament in France and electronically replaced the Everest Poker image with a competitor's logo.
Harrah's Interactive Entertainment Inc., who owns the rights to the World Series of Poker is standing firm with a counter suit with the U.S. District Court in Nevada. The $22 million promotional dispute has become a bitter battle that Ultra Internet Media feels compelled to fight after seeing the Full Tilt Logo instead of the Everest Poker logo displayed in the broadcast of the tournament in France. Harrah's legal argument claims, "Nobody from Harrah's made any representation during any of the negotiations or in the promotional agreement concerning any ESPN distribution or WSOP programming in France," "Indeed, at the time of the negotiations, UIM did not have an online gaming license recognized by French authorities. It was observed that poker programming was not distributed by French television stations unless tournaments were sponsored by a French licensee. In 2008 and 2009 the WSOP was broadcast by ESPN and parties with whom it has contracts in over 170 countries, including the United States, collectively to over 250 million households, for over 6 000 hours. Thus, UIM has certainly gained all the exposure for the Everest poker.net website that it could have hoped for, and more,"

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The American Bankers Association has finally made their concerns known regarding the imposed responsibility they have to uphold the prohibition rules on online gambling in the USA. Steve Kenneally, the Vice President of the American Bankers Association, stated recently that the full implementation of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act would be an expensive and ineffective way for the American government to deal with online gambling. He added the Act has no real control over online gambling activity, which will result in a waste of taxpayer’s money. The banks are only able to stop transactions to online casinos if they are identified as being an online gambling operation. There are many ways an operator from an offshore location can mask or disguise their identities with the result being they will go undetected by most financial institutions, making the law preventing the transmission of funds to customers in the USA not effective. Kenneally explained that the government has not clarified it's definition of “unlawful transaction” and “illegal gambling”, which has left officials from various banks to interpret for themselves which transactions they should block and what they will allow. There are many grey areas in those interpretations that the bankers have had trouble with before. Some online gambling activity such as lotteries and horseracing is legal in certain states in the USA. A large number of banks and credit card companies have put a stop on the wrong transactions by mistake. A few European countries consider poker and sports betting as a process that requires skill and therefore allow transactions from those online gambling activities. Again it has been difficult for the banking industry to sort out which are legal and which are not. It will cost the banks an enormous amount of money to put in place a system in America that can effectively lock the proper online gambling exchanges, costs that the general pubic will eventually be obliged to pay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The best way to play online casinos is to make sure you have taken all the right precautions before you download that software. Security is a major stumbling block for most new players. Most gamblers aren't willing to gamble the integrity of their identities on a quick bet on the horses or a friendly game of poker online. To play safe means a making a few checks on the reputation of the online casino or sports book you plan to use. Solid casinos have various accreditations from the major watchdog organizations and online casino portals usually display the regulatory system the casino or card room is licensed under. The license is generally issued by an organization in the jurisdiction in which the operator is based. To make sure you are wagering with a reliable company, checking for a valid license is imperative. eCOGRA, GamCare and IGC are non profit organizations that deal with online gambling operators on a regular bases to ensure fair and responsible gaming. Reputable gambling operators take various measures to make sure the players are protected. Online gambling operators respect the hackers ability so they often include security measures utilizing military grade encryption technology such as SSL, and rely on trusted third-party organizations for payment processing. Because there are people out there that are unscrupulous and bad companies that are honest are trying had to keep them off and out of there web sites but doing what you can as a player to safeguard your world don't forget to apply smart passwords to your casino account and keep your anti-virus software up to date. Today most online casinos use the latest 256 bit SSL encryption and are constantly employing the leading edge of the security technology as it becomes available. Security design for online casinos is handled by expert organizations such as Thawte and VeriSign and these companies are tested and required to be verified by independent organizations. Most online casinos automatically log out the player when he exits from the casino. The software at some casinos remembers the log in name and password for automatic log in, but allows members to disable this facility and in the interest of security all players should disable this facility.

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Most people in the world of online gambling choose to play slots, bingo, or poker with a large number also betting on sports of all kinds. With the big number of casino games available and the varieties of poker and sports who would think there are those punters who have a good time betting on something like American Idol or Dancing with the Stars. This kind of wager falls into the entertainment category that offers a surprising array of events to place a bet on. You can bet on just about anything from Hells Kitchen to the Oscars. Las Vegas bookmakers have been giving odds on political outcomes and just about everything else possible for years now. Online gambling sports books are being used more and more by the entertainment gambler. American Idol is watched by millions and is one of the greatest talent competitions to hit the airwaves and it has been since it first premiered nine seasons ago. American Idol Betting has hit a all time high, both with the live voting and actual outcomes of each performance. The final episode sees some serious wagering and expected wins for some savvy punters. Amazing talent is presented year after year on the show and this season is no exception. When the people vote of the performances betting odds can change rapidly, making following the show as exciting as watching a major basketball or football game and having your favour team loose in the final seconds of the game. For punters of all types entertainment gambling can have social aspects just like sports where friends watch the show together and lay a few bets online to secure a chance to prove they know who is the best or in some cases the worst talent. When fans follow the contestants closely, noticed are the many subtle changes that can occur during the competition. Contestants loose there drive or mature and get better with experience, all sorts of factors that can add to the fun of entertainment wagering online.

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